Fourteen-year-old North Armagh Motorcycle Club Off Road Section member, Cailum Meara has secured assistance from the prestigious Mary Peters Trust for his Honda 150 European Motocross Championship campaign.
In another first for the enterprising youngster,as well as being the first rider from Ireland to be selected for this Championship, he is the first motocrosser to secure support from the Trust and he is delighted to be awarded the Grant form Mary Peters Trust, and the assistance that comes along with it.
The Honda 150 European Championship is a series that runs alongside the Motocross World Championship and gives young riders between 14 & 16 the opportunity to show their skills in front of GP Teams and large crowds.
Racing on identical Honda CRF150 machines, the prize for the winner is a fully sponsored ride with the Honda Gariboldi team in the European MX2 Championship in 2015, the next step on the World Championship ladder, a once in a lifetime opportunity for any aspiring World Motocross Champion.
The riders will also receive coaching and mentoring during the events in the Netherland, England, Sweden, Germany and Czech Republic, Cailum has already been to the training camp in Spain last month, and is currently preparing for the first race at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands in May.
The Mary Peters Trust is a Province wide sporting charity founded by Olympic Gold Medal Winner Dame Mary Peters that helps young athletes who are aspiring for excellence in their chosen sport, Cailum is the first motocross recipient of the award, and is absolutely delighted.
“Im so happy that I am receiving help from the Mary Peters Trust as it is expensive to get to these races, it will really help me to get to the races,” said the excited youngster.
Malcolm Beattie, Sport Development Officer for the MRA said, ‘this award is not just a recognition of Cailums talent and enterprise, but also a recognition of our sport by the Trust who do excellent work for young athletes province wide’.
‘The MRA & The North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club Off Road Section wish Cailum the very best of luck in his European adventure, he deserves it’ said Beattie.
Cailum will be presented with his award by Dame Mary Peters at a ceremony after Easter.
For more information about May Peters Trust see www.marypeter.org, and the MRA see www.mraireland.com.
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